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Bulldogs' Hopoate agrees to play on Sundays

Bulldogs' Hopoate agrees to play on Sundays
Will Hopoate has made himself available to play on Sundays after vowing not to play due to religious reasons

NRL star Will Hopoate has made himself available to play on Sundays, reversing his previous stance to stand down for religious reasons.

The devout Mormon has agreed to a request from his club Canterbury to turn out on Sundays, ahead of a busy State of Origin period which includes three Sunday matches for the Bulldogs.

Hopoate admitted that in a perfect world he wouldn't play on Sundays because of his faith, but he said on Monday he would heed the wishes of his employers, beginning this Sunday against Sydney Roosters.

'We don't live in a perfect world,' said Hopoate, who comes off contract this season and had an agreement with Canterbury when he joined them last season that he wouldn't have to play on Sundays.

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